With as many as seven million people living in regional Australia, the availability and access to current and local information about rural and regional health programmes and services can be a challenge.
Rural and Regional Health Australia provides advice to the public about healthcare service delivery in regional Australia and provides links to information on aged care.
Australians living in rural, regional and remote Australia, including Indigenous Australians, can access information on health programs and services in their local area by contacting the Department of Health, visiting the Rural and Regional Health Australia website, or writing to:
Rural and Regional Health Australia
Australian Government Department of Health
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
The Rural and Regional Health Australia website provides place-based information that will allow consumers, providers and planners, including Medicare Locals in regional Australia, to search for information about Commonwealth health programs and services.
For specific information on the department’s programmes addressing the health issues of Indigenous Australians visit the Indigenous Health pages of the Department of Health’s website.
National Strategic Framework for Rural and Remote HealthThe National Strategic Framework for Rural and Remote Health promotes a national approach to policy, planning, design and delivery of health services in rural and remote communities.
The Framework has been developed through the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council’s Rural Health Standing Committee with the valued input of the National Rural Health Alliance and a wide range of other rural health stakeholders.
The National Strategic Framework for Rural and Remote Health is available on the Rural and Regional Health Australia website.